Historical Attractions in Maryland with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Maryland!)

Maryland is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in The Old Line State  that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Maryland’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Maryland when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Sotterley Plantation

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    Hollywood

    Whether you're looking for a tour of the plantation, a place for an educational program, classroom visit, or a beautiful place to just enjoy the scenery, Sotterley is the place!

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  • National Museum of Civil War Medicine

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    Frederick

    Interactive educational programs, exhibits, seminars and lectures provide the knowledge that Civil War medicine connects us not only to our past, but is the scientific and historical link to our ...

  • The Brunswick Railroad Museum

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    Brunswick

    On the second floor, the Museum's exhibits tell the history of Brunswick and the people who have lived here. Life-sized recreations of late Victorian rooms are the centerpiece of these exhibits. On ...

  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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    Greenbelt

    Space education and fun at this interactive NASA Visitor Center in Maryland! With lectures, model rocket launches, and children's programs, there is much to see and learn for kids - all about space!

  • Surratt House Museum

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    Clinton

    Restored in 1976 by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, today the museum presents a variety of programs and events, recapturing the history of mid-19th century life and ...

  • College Park Aviation Museum

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    College Park

    Visitors to the museum step into an open 1½ story exhibit space, which highlights the display of unique aircraft and artifacts and tells the story of the airport's many 1st in flight to today.

  • Baltimore Museum of Art

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    Baltimore

    The Baltimore Museum of Art organizes and presents a variety of dynamic exhibitions and innovative programs throughout the year. The Museum is Maryland's largest art museum featuring more than 85,000 ...

  • Port Discovery Children's Museum

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    Baltimore

    Kids fun in Baltimore with this children's museum that provides experiences which ignite imagination, inspire learning, and nurture growth through play!

  • USS Constellation Museum

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    Baltimore

    The Museum is the steward of the 1854 US Sloop-of-War Constellation. It's also the custodian of all related artifacts, materials, and histories from the Baltimore-built Frigate Constellation of ...

  • Maryland Science Center

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    Baltimore

    Three fun levels of interactive science fun, with exhibits covering dinosaurs, space, the human body and planet Earth. Kids just have to make sure they touch everything and have fun!

  • Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum and Sports Legends Museum

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    Baltimore

    Both the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum and Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum presents the life and times of George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Baltimore's native son who ...

  • Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame

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    Baltimore

    Come discover and relive the origins of America's oldest sport! Engulf yourself in rare photographs and art, vintage equipment and uniforms, striking sculptures and trophies, cherished memorabilia ...

  • Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum

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    Baltimore

    Where America's most important, historic and comprehensive collection lives to tell the story of railroading every day. Forty acres of heritage and a world class collection await your discovery!

  • Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum

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    St Leonard

    A place where history and nature surround you. Enjoy miles of trails, water views, tours, exhibits, events, and more.

  • Calvert Marine Museum

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    The museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, and interpretation of the culture and natural history of Southern Maryland. Explore the history, culture, and lighthouses of the ...

  • Ocean City Life-Saving Station

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    Ocean City

    You’ll find captivating exhibits featuring the history of the U.S. Life-Saving Service and Ocean City History. We also have on display a Mermaid Collection, Shipwreck Artifacts, Sands of the World, ...

  • Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

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    The most comprehensive collection of wildfowl carving in the world invites you to explore this unique, indigenous North American art form from antique working decoys to internationally acclaimed ...

  • Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

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    St Michaels

    While on campus, begin your tour in our working boat yard, then climb a real 1879 lighthouse, pull up an eel at Waterman's Wharf, climb a skipjack in Oystering on the Bay, plus visit the Waterfowling ...

  • Chesapeake Childrens Museum

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    Annapolis

    The mission of Chesapeake Children's Museum is to create an environment of discovery about oneself, the peoples, the technologies, and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay area for all our children and ...

  • Annapolis Maritime Museum

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    Annapolis

    The Annapolis Maritime Museum seeks to connect the richness of the maritime heritage of the Annapolis area with our local youth and adults.The Museum operates from a waterside campus on the shores of ...

  • US Naval Academy Museum

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    Annapolis

    The U. S. Naval Academy Museum serves as an educational and inspirational resource for the Brigade of Midshipmen at the U. S. Naval Academy, other students of American naval history, and thousands of ...

  • Baltimore Museum of Industry

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    Baltimore

    The BMI is a great place to learn and have fun at any age! Enjoy a guided tour including demonstrations of working industrial artifacts, or explore the digital tour's numerous audio or video tracks. ...

  • Geppis Entertainment Museum

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    Located in Camden Station at Camden Yards. The museum exhibits nearly 6,000 pop culture artifacts from the past 250 years including comics, toys, dolls, games and memorabilia from every category. ...

  • Gaithersburg Community Museum

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    Gaithersburg

    An interesting and educational museum on the cities' history, set in a beautifully resorted 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex in the lovely Gaithersburg, Maryland.

  • National Electronics Museum

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    Linthicum

    From telegraph and radio to radar and satellites, the National Electronics Museum offers visitors access to the electronic marvels that have helped to shape our country and our world.

  • Roads and Rails Museum

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    Cars...Trucks....Trains....and lego! Yes please! Visit one of the world's LARGEST model trail attractions and it's miniature world!

  • Surfing Museum and Surf Art Gallery

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    Chesapeake Beach

    Surfing and art fun all mixed into one at this unique surfing museum - the ONLY one in Maryland!

  • Frontier Town

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    Berlin

    Cmon down folks... to our replica western town circa 1860 situated alongside of Frontier Town Campground and only 5 minutes from Ocean City, Maryland. One of the many fun family places to go if ...

  • Embers Mini Golf

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    Travel to a world of pirates and volcanoes just off Coastal Highway while playing two of the most innovative and challenging miniature golf courses in Ocean City. Pirate ships, caves and “water ...

  • Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

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    Set inside an 11th century-style castle, the legend of Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament comes to life at Arundel Mills. Guests will experience all of the feasting, tournament games and exciting ...

  • Bengies Drive in Movie Theatre

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    Re-live history with a modern twist at this Baltimore drive-in theater - the BIGGEST movie screen in the USA!

  • Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

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    Thurmont

    From the small and furry, to the large and scaly, this Maryland zoo has 319 species from all over the world, to give kids a fun zoo adventure!

  • The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

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    Baltimore

    Over 1,500 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians at this family friendly zoo in Baltimore! There are over 200 species for the kids to enjoy, and learn about on your family day out in Maryland!

  • Plumpton Park Zoo

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    Rising Sun

    Jimmie the Giraffe, Sis the Tiger, and Zoe the Zebra are all waiting for the family to go visit at this very intimate and sweet Maryland Zoo, with over 130 animals on display.

  • Salisbury Zoo

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    Salisbury

    A fascinating collection of beautiful animals in Maryland, all the way from North and South America, as well as Australia!